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Hoyt & Roberts, comps.  Hoyt’s New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations.  1922.
Tulip (Tulipa)
                    You believe
In God, for your part?—ay? that He who makes,
Can make good things from ill things, best from worst,
As men plant tulips upon dunghills when
They wish them finest.
        E. B. Browning—Aurora Leigh. Bk. II.
And tulips, children love to stretch
Their fingers down, to feel in each
Its beauty’s secret nearer.
        E. B. Browning—A Flower in a Letter.
’Mid the sharp, short emerald wheat, scarce risen three fingers well,
The wild tulip at end of its tube, blows out its great red bell,
Like a thin clear bubble of blood, for the children to pick and sell.
        Robert Browning—Up at a Villa. Down in the City. St. 6.
The tulip is a courtly quean,
Whom, therefore, I will shun.
Guarded within the old red wall’s embrace,
  Marshalled like soldiers in gay company,
  The tulips stand arrayed. Here infantry
Wheels out into the sunlight.
        Amy Lowell—A Tulip Garden.
Dutch tulips from their beds
Flaunted their stately heads.
        Montgomery—The Adventure of a Star.
Not one of Flora’s brilliant race
  A form more perfect can display;
Art could not feign more simple grace
  Nor Nature take a line away.
        Montgomery—On Planting a Tulip-Root.
The tulip’s petals shine in dew,
All beautiful, but none alike.
        Montgomery—On Planting a Tulip-Root.
Like tulip-beds of different shape and dyes,
Bending beneath the invisible west-wind’s sighs.
        Moore—Lalla Rookh. The Veiled Prophet of Khorassan.

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